New Technique Removes the Cause of Allergic Asthma: Antibodies Are Suctioned Off

New Technique Removes the Cause of Allergic Asthma: Antibodies Are Suctioned OffAllergies are the major cause of asthma. As a result, the immune system mounts a response to harmless substances such as grass pollen.

Key takeaways:

– The formation of immunoglobulin E (IgE) antibodies alongside inflammatory cells in the skin and mucous membranes is the cause of asthma.

– A new technique making use of IgEnio column suctions the IgE antibodies out of blood could help people with severe allergic asthma.

– Patients reported improve quality of life since they could breathe easily and had improved ling function.

Perhaps much more, because it has since been found that a combination of IgE absorption and control of asthma symptoms with the standard drug omalizumab (trade name: Xolair) can bring about a further improvement.

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Mike Dilkes MS FRCS(ORL-HNS), FRCSEd, FRCS

Mike Dilkes ENT is based in Central, North, East and South London. Most of our consultations and treatments are carried out either at The Hospital of St John and St Elizabeth or The London Independent Hospital. The Hospital of St John and St Elizabeth is one of London's biggest and most prestigious private hospitals.

It is in St Johns's Wood, a leafy area of the west end, just north of Harley Street and Regent's Park. The London Independent Hospital is in Stepney Green, hidden away just behind Mile End Road, just to the East of the City of London. Formally The London Jewish Hospital, it is a purpose built modern building with full facilities, beautifully appointed rooms, state of the art laser systems and, in case anything goes wrong (it really shouldn't), a fully covered Consultant 24 hour ward and Intensive Care presence - the only private hospital in London to have this.